Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Bugs" to the Rescue

You will never find a picture of another Navy Admiral with his or her arms crossed. But when you are "Amazing Grace", you can do pretty much anything you want to do. As the story goes, while investigating why one of the computers she was working on in the 1940s was malfunctioning, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, USN, discovered a moth had flown into the machine and was shorting out a connection. And thus, the term a "bug" in the software became born. Now, reality has come full circle. Researchers at North Carolina State University have been refining their efforts to use cockroaches to map the interior of collapsed structures. More below: 

(North Carolina Public Radio, June 13, 2013)

Comment: As noted by the date of the article used to report this story, this development has been around for a while. However, recently publications in the tech world have picked on the effort and are doing heavy promotion. For something like this that could have great benefit to disaster response, that's a wonderful development.

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